Glossy vs Matt Laminated Business Cards

Glossy vs Matt Laminated Business Cards

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AB

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15,877 posts

152 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Looking at ordering around 500 business cards from here;

https://www.instantprint.co.uk/business-cards/clas...

They are double sided, one side is black with a fairly colourful but simple logo with company name underneath in white



(Above is a screenshot taken from a thumbnail so quality looks poor)

On the back is the usual Name/Title/Email/Address etc. White with orange watermark.

Glossy or Matt finish?

I'm thinking glossy?

Am I wrong?

akirk

3,610 posts

71 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Not sure there is a right or wrong, just personal taste... both will look professional if the design works.
I prefer a more Matt finish, but receive business cards of all sorts from others and it really doesn't seem to matter... they tend to fall into:
- amateur (vista print or other freebies)
- professional (proper paid for ones)
Ultimately it is an aide memoirs for some contact details and I rarely use them now as so much correspondence is by email...

thetoxicnerve

23,278 posts

134 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Matt with spot UV over the logo wink

AB

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15,877 posts

152 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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I like the spot UV a lot but it gets a lot more expensive and there's 6 of us needing them so circa 3,000 cards.

I certainly won't be using Vista Print!

I'm thinking a nice glossy card using good quality 450gsm paper?

LaurasOtherHalf

17,908 posts

153 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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I tend to use matte for all of our stuff (loyalty cards, appointment and business cards, brochures etc) as it seems to stay in mint condition for longer.

AB

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15,877 posts

152 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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My thinking was that matte may preserve the card? I've seen plenty of black cards that seem to have the edges scuffed.

Jockman

17,207 posts

117 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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thetoxicnerve said:
Matt with spot UV over the logo wink
Agreed. Make them different. Edible?

Food for thought?

Lexual

506 posts

170 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Hey.. I can supply 500x - 400gsm, full colour double sided cards, Spot UV varnish, matt laminated for £36.00 total with delivery.

oliver@event-print.co.uk

Let me know if this is of interest.


Simpo Two

72,615 posts

222 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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thetoxicnerve said:
Matt with spot UV over the logo wink
And grated cheese on top!

All the rage in 1988.

Lund

1,735 posts

167 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Simpo Two said:
And grated cheese on top!

All the rage in 1988.
Spot UV over graphics isn't really recommended within the industry as the UV varnish is applied using a screen printing process & registration with print can vary by 2 mm. This means you can expect the Spot UV element to move around the page by up to 2 mm! And in my experience, this is the case.

Spot UV varnish is more effective when used as a pattern or to create the logo/graphic itself.

Alex you want matt laminate, 400gsm silk artboard & there's even luxury 'soft touch' now too!

Simpo Two

72,615 posts

222 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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Or UV varnish all over - cheaper than laminate I think.

Mind you your card isn't black so ink transference isn't an issue. You could just have a nice matt card.

I'm not a fan of details on the back - if the card goes in a card file it's all hidden. Put important stuff where people can see it easily.

KarlMac

3,112 posts

98 months

Saturday 18th June 2016
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AB

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15,877 posts

152 months

Sunday 19th June 2016
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Lund said:
Spot UV over graphics isn't really recommended within the industry as the UV varnish is applied using a screen printing process & registration with print can vary by 2 mm. This means you can expect the Spot UV element to move around the page by up to 2 mm! And in my experience, this is the case.

Spot UV varnish is more effective when used as a pattern or to create the logo/graphic itself.

Alex you want matt laminate, 400gsm silk artboard & there's even luxury 'soft touch' now too!
Cheers Tom, I went for 450gsm silk artboard but with a glossy laminate, sorted it yesterday.

AB

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15,877 posts

152 months

Sunday 19th June 2016
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Lexual said:
Hey.. I can supply 500x - 400gsm, full colour double sided cards, Spot UV varnish, matt laminated for £36.00 total with delivery.

oliver@event-print.co.uk

Let me know if this is of interest.
I didn't see this before I ordered yesterday but I do have some more that will need printing soon for a few different people so I'll give you a shout.

Cheers.

Splats

625 posts

119 months

Tuesday 21st June 2016
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Lexual, I emailed you today [Kenny MacLeod], have you recieved it or has it gone walkabout in cyberspace?